Sunday will be our one year anniversary, one whole year married. We celebrated with a trip to France and have just returned home, jet lagged but happy. Doug had never been to France, and while I had backpacked around Paris and Strasbourg as a student, I was thrilled to return to explore Paris with him. I will share travel posts soon, but in the meantime you can get a glimpse on Instagram.
Our trip was partly inspired by the gastronomic map of France we received as a wedding gift from my longtime family friends. They have one hanging in their kitchen which I have long admired, and they searched and searched to track down an authentic one for us. The map lists the various food and wine specialties of each town and region, and provides endless inspiration to explore. Using the French map as a springboard also dovetailed nicely with the traditional first anniversary gift, which is paper. I've said before that while I don't feel confined by tradition, I appreciate the inspiration and sense of continuity that it brings. I always feel comfortable making it my own.
It's been a full, wonderful exciting first year, from our honeymoon, which still feels like a dream, to an impromptu trip to the World Series, to bringing home the cutest little furry bundle who's now an integral part of our little family. What social media doesn't really capture, however, are the daily joys that make a life together so wonderful and rewarding. While they may not show up on the blog or in my Instagram, it's those moments walking through life with Doug that I'm profoundly grateful for. We'll be spending time with family this weekend and celebrating at home on Sunday, our actual anniversary, with Jeni's sundaes and a champagne toast. I can't think of anything better.
photos by Red Gallery Photography